Congratulations Duke Clinical Leadership 2020 Graduates

Friday, October 9, 2020

Congratulations to the 25 School of Medicine and Duke Health faculty who graduated from the 2020 Duke Clinical Leadership Program (DCLP) on 9/22/20! DCLP was founded by the Chancellor for Health Affairs in 2010 to help expand leadership capacity within Duke Health. Program fellows participate in a 6-month curriculum designed to deepen awareness of healthcare operations and develop individual leadership skills.  The program is supported by the Chancellor Eugene Washington and run by the School of Medicine Office for Faculty. Due to the effects of COVID-19, the 2020 program was extended to 9-months and the sessions were held remotely.

“This program is a fantastic opportunity for emerging clinical leaders to hone their own leadership and management skills and connect with institutional leaders from across Duke Health,” said Cary Ward, MD, Faculty Director of the program.

Program fellows were assigned to one of four institutional projects sponsored by Duke Health leaders. Group work and project deliverables were evaluated by a selection committee and the highest rated team was presented with the annual Thomas Gorrie Clinical Leadership Impact Award.

The winning team’s project focused on improving parking and wayfinding at DUHS in order to improve the patient experience.  Group members were Karen Chachu, MD, PhD  (Internal Medicine), Sameer Kamath, MD (Pediatrics),  Randall Scheri, MD (Surgery), Kristen Shirey, MD (Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences), Sherri Smith, AuD (Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences), and Sreekanth Vemulapalli, MD  (Internal Medicine).

The other project topics were:

“Despite this very challenging time in which we are all juggling multiple priorities, the DCLP fellows did a tremendous job developing their skills as teams and working to move these ideas through a highly matrixed system,” Ward said. “Each of them should be commended for their contributions, with special congratulations to the Gorrie Award Winners.” 

Applications for the 2021 Duke Clinical Leadership Program will open this fall. For more information visit the program webpage or contact the Office for Faculty at